The recent announcement that GAIHN and United Ministries, two high-impact nonprofits serving Greenville County, have begun the process of merging is exciting and positive news for our community. It also triggers a great discussion about collaboration and how/why nonprofits join forces to do their work.
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In their small office tucked into a corner of Greenville Technical College, Adela Mendoza and Sara Montero-Buria of the Hispanic Alliance are hard at work focusing on a solution for a mounting issue in Greenville County: how to successfully connect Greenville County with the booming Hispanic population, and vice versa. Businesses, government, the school system, the healthcare system, nonprofits, and the faith community are only a few of the systems seeking strategies to successfully engage the Hispanic community.
Last week, I wrote about the experiences I have had during my year of service and what brought me to AmeriCorps VISTA. Now, I would like to tell you how you too can join a 50-year-old program dedicated to ending poverty in your community.
“Order up!” I shouted at the top of my lungs, screaming at the bartender to come collect the plates I had just prepared and take them to the bar. It was approaching midnight, and I was tired. I had graduated from Furman University a year earlier, but was still working at the job that I had taken two years earlier so that I could pay rent while I went to school.
Rushing through the hallways of United Ministries, two dozen leaders from some of the top businesses in our community are learning first-hand the struggles that working families go through in Greenville County. The scene is something akin the “The Amazing Race,” with small groups of people moving from office to office holding note cards that tell them who they “are” — a recently homeless single mother with a 12-year-old son, or a middle-aged veteran living out of his car.
Earlier this month, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Christian Soura, other state officials and leaders from the private sector announced the nation’s first Pay for Success project aimed at improving health outcomes for mothers and children living in poverty, and the first Pay for Success project of any type in the South.
Erin Hagan, an AmeriCorps member serving in Boiling Springs at Upstate Family Resource Center, has an incredible story to share. Embodying the AmeriCorps motto, Erin proved that we are all able to “get things done!” when we go that extra mile for our community.
AmeriCorps is an opportunity provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service for people of all backgrounds to give a year of service to their community. The AmeriCorps Upstate program is operated by United Way of Greenville County.
VITA wants to take the hassle out of tax season.
If your family makes less than $54,000 a year, then a volunteer certified tax preparer can help file your tax return this season and make sure you get the biggest possible refund.
How much does a person or family need to earn if they’re going to break the cycle of poverty and build a Cycle of Success?
United Way of Greenville County’s mission is to promote the Cycle of Success in our community. This Cycle of Success starts with School Readiness and making sure that children from enter school prepared to learn and succeed so that they may go on to the next major milestone, High School Graduation. A high school diploma is an essential part of post-high school success and creating Financial Stability, where households are self-sufficient and able to weather financial troubles more easily.